If I Was a New Blogger Today, These Are the 22 Truths I’d Want To Know

Reece Robertson

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Dial back the clock three years ago, and you’ll find me searching for the answers to how to become a successful blogger online.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve successfully built an audience, acquired clients, and traveled the world while doing it. Indeed, I have lived the blogging dream everyone tries to sell you.

What this article aims to do is tell you 22 truths about becoming a successful Blogger in 2020 that most people won’t. Here we go.

  1. You’re Never Behind, but Only Ever Late. Get this: No other writer is necessarily better than you. Instead, they’ve simply been doing it longer. Put in the hours, and you can stand alongside your heroes.
  2. “A professional is an amateur who never quit.” -Richard Bach
  3. Forget Inspiration. It’s not “inspiration” that you should be after, but instead a habit. As English author, Somerset Maugham has said, “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”
  4. Consistency Is the Hallmark of Achievement. Just writing one or two articles isn’t really going to do anything for you. You have to produce a volume of work.
  5. Making an Impact Is the Only Metric That Matters. Forget about word counts, dollars, or views. Instead, focus on making an impact, and the rest will follow.
  6. “When you create incredible value for others, you have the right to make as much money as you want.” -Benjamin P. Hardy
  7. Views Are No Reflection of Quality. Many terrible articles can generate thousands of views. Likewise, hundreds of great ones get zero. It’s not necessarily about being perfect; it’s about writing something that people want to read.
  8. Every Article Is a Fresh Start. You can’t get too caught up on the results of one. Good or bad, the next is started from another blank page.
  9. Most of Your Articles Will Be a Total Flop. The 80/20 rule is true: 80% of your results will come from 20% of your work. So, don’t give up! Trust that the 20% is coming.
  10. No One Is Going to Care More about Your Success than You. If you want to make it as a blogger, you’ve got to take 100% responsibility for that. No website, publication, or platform is going to do it for you.
  11. “The moment you accept total responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life is the day you claim the power to change ANYTHING in your life.” -Hal Elrod
  12. Never Rely on a Single Platform. You’ll either learn it now. Or you’ll learn it the hard way. When it comes to making money online, the baskets aren’t often reliable, and I wouldn’t be putting all my eggs in one.
  13. The 5 Best Ways to Make Money as a Blogger in 2020. 1) Revenue Sharing 2) Products and courses. 3) Consulting and coaching. 4) Freelancing. 5) Affiliate marketing.
  14. A Few Good Clients Will Pay You More than Many Bad Ones. In freelancing, don’t confuse quantity with quality. Striving to do less for more is a totally reasonable goal.
  15. If They Won’t Pay Your Price, It’s Not Worth Your Time. Let potential clients know your rate upfront. If they don’t accept it, don’t take the communications any further.
  16. Blogging Is a Viable Career. When you tell most people you’re a blogger, they’ll think that’s a synonym for being unemployed. However, if you get your income streams right, then you don’t have to be a starving artist.
  17. A Website will Be One of Your Most Valuable Assets. Having your own domain gives you a lot more freedom on the internet. While it should also become a home for everything you do around your business.
  18. There’s No Reason Not to Have an Email List. You should be connecting with your audience by email, there are too many benefits not to. Start on Mailchimp, it’s free!
  19. Learn SEO. It might take a week, but it’ll open up many more doors.
  20. Your Best Marketing is Your Work. Good writing speaks for itself. If you want marketing that pays for itself, consistently put out quality work.
  21. If There’s No Passion, There’s No Point. If your heart isn’t in writing but just after quick a buck, then blogging isn’t for you. There are many better ways to make an income online.
  22. If Blogging Was Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It. Don’t be misled. Making a career in blogging won’t be easy. However, it will be worth it. The question is: How bad do you really want it?

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